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Wild herbs Tour in Berlin-Kreuzberg with Natascha von Ganski

Determine wild herbs with Natscha von Ganski at Grü in Berlin Kreuzberg

All year round , more than 40 different edible wild herbs grow in the backyard of our company in Kreuzberg, you can get to know them as part of a wild herb tour - real local superfoods for green smoothies. The renowned herbalist Natascha von Ganski from the medicinal plant school alcimia, accompanies you on your search for stinging nettle, goutweed, yarrow, ribwort and co. You are cordially invited to the WALK on the WILD SIDE with herbal guide Natascha von Ganski. Of course, you will be welcomed with a green smoothie aperitif.

Wild herbs - appearance, effect and taste

During the guided tour, Natascha von Ganski introduces the various wild herbs and their effects. She points out visual differences so that you can better distinguish the currently growing wild herbs when collecting them. You will learn which wild herbs are edible and in what quantity you can use them in green smoothies, salads or other recipes.

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Wild herb guide Natascha von Ganski in her element!

Interview with wild herb expert Natascha von Ganski: Do little creatures really live in stinging nettles?

One of Berlin's autentic herbs is the wild herb expert and alternative practitioner Natascha von Ganski. Growing up in Berlin-Schöneberg and Lichterfelde, she discovered the wild sides of Berlin as a child. Natasch began collecting blackberries on what now is the Lichtenfeld-Süd S-Bahn site. At that time, these were mainly painful encounters with stinging nettles.

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Natascha von Ganski is a book author and the founder of alcimia, the school for medicinal herbalism and traditional occidental medicine in Berlin - therefore she is the best guide for a one-hour tour in the backyard of our company in Kreuzberg. During the tour Natascha will introduce you to the respective wild plants with their properties and applications. You can find more information about Natascha here.

Grü How were your first experiences with wild herbs?

Natascha von Ganski: Painful. As a child, I constantly fell into stinging nettles, perhaps riding my bicycle hands-free was one reason for it. In summer, I sometimes looked like a crumble cake. A Hungarian story made me understand the constant contact with nettles. According to this story, little beings live in nettles and attract young girls so that they can marry them. This explained the attraction between me and the nettles - this way the painful experiences became magical incidents. Wild herb smoothies are tasted.

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Natascha von Ganski: City and wild herbs go together wonderfully, the wild plants follow people and settle where people need them. For example, I have even discovered coltsfoot in Berlin, which actually tends to thrive in moist and loamy soil. And if you consider that coltsfoot is a plant that can be used well for chronic colds and coughs, then this wild herb is just right in a dust-laden city like Berlin. Despite the fact that the soil in Berlin is not known to be loamy.

Results of wild herb collection are discussed and explained.

Grü What are your favorite wild herbs?

Natascha von Ganski: The field pimpernel, a primrose plant that is unfortunately not really found in Berlin. I also like the ground ivy - known to many as Gundermann - a very potent medicinal plant that helps heal wounds. (Editor's note: Ground ivy loves our backyard!)

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Natascha von Ganski: Wild herbs in green smoothies are a great way to utilize these plants raw. Highly potent as they are, the wild medicinal plants provide another boost of nutrients and vital substances and also give the smoothie that special taste of the woods and meadows. If you add daisies as a topping, you'll feel like starting the day on a spring meadow.

Grü Apart from weatherproof clothing - what should you take with you on a wild herb tour?

Natascha von Ganski: Curiosity, openness and joy in discovering what grows off the beaten path.

Grü Dear Natascha, thank you for this first insight into the urban herb world. We are very excited to go on a "wild" journey of discovery in the middle of Berlin with you.

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Deadnettle meadow with bumblebees

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9 | Comment(s)

Regina Konrad
I would also love to participate in a guided tour of wild herbs and in a wild after-work event, whatever that may be.
Katharina Göbel
Dear Regina, at the moment, we unfortunately do not have any new dates for wild herb tours and wild after-work events, as our backyard oasis is currently suffering from the dry weather. As soon as the next dates are confirmed, they will be published on our website. Sending warm greetings amidst the August heat, Katharina.
Günter Kube
Good morning, when will there be wild herb excursions again? The website still has the June dates. Thank you, Günter Kube.
Katharina Göbel
Dear Günter, new dates for the wild herb tours have not yet been determined. As soon as we have the dates, they will be announced in a timely manner on our website. Best regards, Katharina.
Great tips, thanks.
What about wood sorrel - it looks like strawberries, has fruits like strawberries, but they taste almost like nothing and instead of having a lawn, we have it everywhere in our garden as greenery. Can I maybe...?
Best regards, Kerstin.
Katharina Göbel
Dear Kerstin, I apologize for keeping you waiting for so long for a response. My colleague told me that you can use yarrow wonderfully in green smoothies. Yarrow has a very mild taste and is almost flavorless, but it has very healing properties. The plant is described as invigorating, antispasmodic, and beneficial for the stomach. My colleague always picks yarrow for her green smoothie in our company courtyard. I will do the same today. Best regards, Katharina.
Katharina Göbel
Dear Kerstin, I will consult our wild plant expert regarding the cranesbill and will get back to you as soon as I receive an answer from her. Best regards, Katharina.
Kerstin Brokmann
I would like to start with green smoothies. I live in the middle of the forest, unfortunately far away from Berlin. Can you please list for me which plants I can eat and which I definitely should not. Nettle, ground elder, dandelion. Please list more for me. Or is there a book that you could recommend to me?
Thank you very much,
Susanne Pyszka
Dear Kerstin,
I highly recommend a book to you, which was explicitly recommended to me by a wild herb guide.
"Grün, wild und schmackhaft" - by Marie-Claude Paume.
Of course, we have included it in our shop and you can order it there right away, with free shipping.
Enjoy browsing, learning, collecting, and savoring.
Best wishes,